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[audio]Phantoms of the Opry Concert
Phantoms of the Opry, a San Francisco based bluegrass band active in the 1970s, in a in-studio, live broadcast of traditional bluegrass and country music, recorded on November 12, 1972. Bill Schechner hosts the concert and talks to members of the band about their personal histories, the origins of bluegrass, the difficulties of making it big in bluegrass, and the influence of bluegrass music on mainstream rock and roll musicians.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music
Downloads: 397
[audio]Wester Sun Day II
A rather irreverent Easter Day program produced by conceptual artist, Paul Cotton and friends. Assembling a hodgepodge of popular music, strange readings, snippets of childhood stories, and sexually explicit poetry, Cotton, who is perhaps best known for appearing in public in a large bunny costume with his genitals showing, has produced here a sort of hippie celebration of all things Easter. This program was described in KPFA’s program guide as: “Eight Astro-Naught Rabb-Eyes Make a Leap of F...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Other Finds; Popular Music; Poetry
Downloads: 103
[audio]Static: An Avant-Garde Pop Song by Sheila Davies
A recording of the song “Static,” composed and performed by Sheila Davies, with musical accompaniment provided by Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser. Firmly placed in the genre of avant-garde pop music of the 1980s, this brief yet engaging song is somewhat reminiscent of the work of Laurie Anderson, Pamela Z, and Amy X. Neuburg. It features half spoken lyrics and sparse jazz fusion like instrumentation, all combined with those electronic sounds of a 1980s synth-pop band...
Keywords: KPFA-FM: Sheila Davies; Music; Popular Music
Downloads: 273
[audio]B. B. King: Number 1 Bluesman
A documentary on B. B. King, the great blues singer and guitarist. It includes examples of his music as well as excerpts from an interview with Dan McClosky and Bill Newell, in which he discusses his early career, musical influences, and interest in jazz guitar. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Blues; Documentary; Popular Music
Downloads: 1,460
[audio]Blues from the Green Earth Café
Excerpts from a benefit concert for KPFA, held at the Green Earth Café in San Francisco on April 16, 1977, featuring a number of relatively obscure Bay Area blues musicians. The program begins with the down home blues music of harpist J. C. Burris, who accompanies his energetic harmonica playing with hand slaps and yells, and sounds more like a recording from the Mississippi delta rather than the City by the Bay...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music; Blues
Downloads: 514
[audio]Songs of Stephen Foster
Charles Amirkhanian introduces a selection of songs by one of America’s earliest and most renowned composers, Stephen Foster. Although Foster’s works were widely performed on pianos and pump organs in family parlors throughout America in the 19th century, they are now mostly forgotten in these days of radio and rock stars. These recordings, which include none of the minstrel songs for which Foster is perhaps best known, offer a window into the spiritual yearnings and fervent patriotism of th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music; Folk Music
Downloads: 1,363
[audio]Ode to Gravity: New musical releases of 1983
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three remarkable new LP's and an old classic from 1979. (1) Life is a Killer - mostly rock pieces by poets, including Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Jayne Cortez, John Giorno, Brion Gysin, Rose Lesniak, and Ned Sublette (Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 027); (2) Machine Guitars - by Dutch composer Remko Scha, who plays electric guitars with saber saws, ropes and flexible metal rods; (3) Piano Solo, Vol...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Popular Music
Downloads: 372
[audio]Country Joe McDonald at KPFA
Country Joe McDonald made his start, in some ways, playing late night jams at KPFA on the “Midnight Show” in the mid-1960s. For this recording, made in April of 1977, Country Joe returned to the KPFA studios to present a concert of acoustic songs, in support of the station’s fund raising efforts. As well as performing some of his classic war protest songs, such as “Fixin’ To Die Rag”, McDonald also plays a number of more recent songs that reflect his environmental concerns, such as ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music; Folk Music; Country Joe McDonald
Downloads: 1,436 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Muzak: A History
A lecture by Jane Jarvis, recorded in December of 1977 at a Conference of the Institute for Studies in American Music (now the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music), an affiliate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Jarvis, a jazz pianist, composer, baseball stadium organist, and a vice-president of the Muzak corporation, talks about the history of Muzak. Founded in the 1920s by Major General George O...
Keywords: Lecture; Panel Discussion; Popular Music; Muzak; KPFA-FM
Downloads: 227 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Mance Lipscomb
In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music, as well as the origins of many of his best known songs. Throughout the discussion, Lipscomb performs a number of both, famous and obscure, acoustic blues songs, often responding to requests by Huffman and Cahn, who sound as pleased as two cats in a fish pond to...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Folk Music
Downloads: 1,237
[audio]Morning Concert: Infrared Roses
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the Grateful Dead at their most abstract and avant-garde. “Infrared Roses,” produced by Bob Bralove, is a compilation of performances taken from the “drumz/space” improvisational portion that came in the middle of the second set of most Grateful Dead shows during the 1980s and 1990s. The album explores the nether tones and electronic trampolines of the subconscious in a brilliantly edited tour-de-force...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert; Grateful Dead; interview; Music; Popular Music
Downloads: 531
[audio]Frank Zappa interviewed by Robin Baxter
Robin Baxter interviews a slightly combative Frank Zappa in his hotel room about his classical musical influences and his orchestral and choral music, as featured on his upcoming album and film, "200 Motels". Other topics include his upcoming concert, the recent shakeups in the Mothers of Invention,and what the public may or may not want to know about what goes on inside Frank's head.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; New Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 724
[audio]Frank Zappa Day
On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 2,272 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]American Mavericks: An Ordinary Guy Burning Down the House - Sound Portrait of David Byrne
David Byrne has firmly established himself as a star in two worlds, rock and avant-garde music. Best known as the squawky lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the critically acclaimed art rock group, Talking Heads, he has forged a new amalgam of intellectual, neurotic, edgy rock and roll that sells a respectable million albums at a pop. His mark on the avant-garde was first made in 1981 in company with Twyla Tharp when he wrote the virtuosic 73 minute dance score, “The Catherine Wheel,” ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; KUSC; Documentary; Music Theatre; Rock Music; Popular Music
Downloads: 371
[audio]Interview with Frank Zappa
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance on Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium. Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album "Lumpy Gravy" and other early works. The musical selections played during this program are not included in this recording.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Popular Music; Avant-Garde; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 2,503
[audio]Zappa as DJ
From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz, the blues, to the works of Pierre Boulez. The song selection is very informative for any fan of Zappa’s music, as one can easily trace the influence of all these styles on his own creative output, be it the cheesy harmonies of 1950s pop songs or the intricate p...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 2,423
[audio]Little Milton: Blues and Soul Man
Dan McClosky interviews Little Milton, the well-known blues guitarist and soul singer. Little Milton got his musical education, as did many rhythm and blues artists of his age, in the black churches of the South. In this wide ranging interview he describes his humble beginnings and his early fascination with the guitar, as well as discussing the various blues musicians that influenced him. The interview is peppered with excerpts of many of the songs and performers mentioned, including those by T...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Little Milton
Downloads: 1,193
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Environmental Songs of Phyllis Addison
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Phyllis Addison, who introduces a selection of her “environmental songs”. Addison studied at Mills College where she received a BA in composition and environmental science and an MFA in electronic music and recording media. Her background as a classical pianist and a rock keyboardist and singer inform her own pieces. In this program she presents a selection of commercially unavailable songs, composed using the first generation of digital samplers and s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music
Downloads: 148
[audio]Morning Concert: Kermit Lynch: Adventures on the Wine Route
Take a journey through the vineyards of France to the honky-tonks of America. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Kermit Lynch, Berkeley California based, wine importer extraordinaire, on the subject of French wines and the adventures in finding them. Mr. Lynch has documented his experiences in the book, “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Winebuyer’s Tour of France”. This book, which reads like a prose fantasy in parts, is a most engaging compilation of stories on the subject, and it has received...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Kermit Lynch
Downloads: 48
[audio]Sampling and the Music of Henry Gwiazda
Minnesota-based composer Henry Gwiazda visits the KPFA studios to talk about a scheduled concert of his works at New Langton Arts. Using everyday sounds from our urban domestic landscape and sampling famous rock songs, he fashions energetic, disturbing portraits of contemporary life. At the end of the program the composer fields question and comments from the listening audience. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Henry Gwiazda
Downloads: 203
Richard Povall introduces a program of obscure, non-commercial music by young composers. the genres represented range from the country twang of David Mahler’s Elvis Is Watching You, to the contemplative clarinet found of Ken Steen’s, Heal the Wounds of War, to the musique concrète travelogue of Doug Khan, to the jazzy Pachelbel’s Nightmare by Steve Bissinger, to the electronic music of Ed Osborne...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Sterochemistry series; Popular Music; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
Downloads: 236
[audio]Speaking of Music: Laurie Anderson
In an interview recorded on December 6, 1984, before a live audience of 1000 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Laurie Anderson about songs from her album, “Mister Heartbreak”. Anderson discusses the influences on many of the songs on that album including “Kokoku” and “Sharkey's Day”. In addition, the composer explains this album's departure from her former release, “Big Science”, which contained the hit song “...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Popular Music; New Music; Laurie Anderson
Downloads: 361
[audio]Morning Concert: Carolie Shoemaker
Carolie Shoemaker, composer, vocalist, and performance artist, hails from Seattle, where she has made a significant reputation as an innovative personality on the new music scene. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting musician, who introduces selections from her work, including Yo(u) Tarzan, Stitch in Time, and other pieces. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Jazz; Carolie Shumaker
Downloads: 72
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Music of Kermit Lynch
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Berkeley songwriter and wine connoisseur Kermit Lynch, one of the country’s most highly respected importers of French wine. In a previous life, following his childhood in San Luis Obispo, and his unsuccessful foray into the treacherous world of academia at Fresno State University, Kermit moved to Berkeley, California, attended San Francisco State University, and was a founding member of a band called The Roaches (a name inspired perhaps by their better known comp...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Kermit Lynch
Downloads: 80
[audio]Morning Concert: John Oswald and Pauline Oliveros
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the two great O's of the ‘90s, plunderphonicker John Oswald and deep listener Pauline Oliveros. Hailing from Toronto, Oswald has been astounding audiences with his technoripoffaudacities, which lately have landed him in trouble with Canadian record industry authorities. Oswald discusses why he uses other people's music to create his own. Pauline Oliveros lives in Kingston, New York, although her formative years were spent in the Bay Area...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Popular Music; Pauline Oliveros; John Oswald
Downloads: 406
[audio]New Music America 1987: Concert No. 5
The 1987 New Music America Festival was held in Philadelphia during the first two week in October. Produced by the local ensemble Rel�che, this 10 day extravaganza of adventurous musical programing featured over 20 concerts, lectures, and sound installations. A wide range of sonic delights were offered, ranging from 20th century classical works for instrumental ensemble, to examples of experimental electronic wizardry, to incomparable improvisational jazz extravaganza's, all performed by a bev...
Keywords: popular music; new music; music; world music; 20th century classical
Downloads: 19
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Desert Equations - The Music of Richard Horowitz & Sussan Deyhim
Composer Richard Horowitz and Iranian vocalist Sussan Deyhim combined the sounds of new wave electronica, percussion, and Middle Eastern modal music in their 1987 album, “Desert Equation: Azax Attra”. Charles Amirkhanian plays selections from the album and interviews Horowitz about how he and Deyhim constructed these enchanting blends of modern technology and ancient sounds. The music is scored for voice, nāy flute, percussion and electronic keyboards and has been described by some as an ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; World Music
Downloads: 513
[audio]Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday
In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was l...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Motion Picture Music; Irving Berlin
Downloads: 500
[audio]Morning Concert: Michael McClure Plays His Favorites
From a program recorded on July 6, 1989, Charles Amirkhanian’s guest is the noted poet Michael McClure, who in addition to his own literary prowess, is also a connoisseur of a diverse range of musical expression, as will be understood by the time he finishes playing selections from his favorite commercial recordings. Who else would mix Beethoven and Monteverdi with Funkadelic, and the Talking Heads? Whether listening to Jorge Demus in Brahms’ “Four Serious Songs,” Thelonious Monk jamming...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Popular Music; Classical Music
Downloads: 186
[audio]Morning Concert: Charles Hamm on the Evolution of Popular Music
Charles Hamm, noted historian and musicologist specializing in American music both serious and popular, visited KPFA in October 1980. In this program Hamm discusses developments in South African and American popular music with Charles Amirkhanian and Chris Strachwitz, illustrating his comments with many recorded examples. Hamm, who has been involved with the study of Zulu popular music in particular reports on what he discovered during a trip to Africa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; World Music; Charles Hamm
Downloads: 99
[audio]Brian Eno Day
On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work a...
Keywords: Interview; Music; Popular Music; New Music; Rock Music; Ambient Music; Electronic Music; Video Art
Downloads: 5,154
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Frank Zappa: World Affairs Commentator
Host Charles Amirkhanian talks with musician and world activist Frank Zappa live by telephone. Discussion includes the state of world politics and culture from the viewpoint of one of the United States most provocative and original speakers. At the time this recording was made in April 1991, Zappa was exploring the possibility of running for president of the United States, and he discusses his views on the first Persian Gulf War, the legacy of George H...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Current Events; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 917 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Stephan Micus, William Bolcom, & Listener Comments
In what was to be his last Ode To Gravity program before taking a one year sabbatical starting in September of 1976, host Charles Amirkhanian plays atmospheric world music by Stephan Micus, interviews composer William Bolcom, and takes some fare-thee-well calls from KPFA listeners. The program begins with a lengthy cut from Stephan Micus’ album “Archaic Concerts” in which the talented musician plays an assortment of instruments from around the world...
Keywords: World music; Quartets; Interview and Music; Popular music; KPFA-FM; Chiapas Folk music
Downloads: 126
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Terry Allen
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the Country and Western art satire works of painter/composer Terry Allen. Selections from his Fate releases "Smokin' The Dummy" and "Lubbock (on Everything)" will be heard. Allen had recently worked with the Panhandle Mystery Band, an ensemble of long time C&W veterans who seem tolerant and supportive of the younger composer's wacky and surreal lyrical bent. All the favorites including "Truckload of Art" will be heard on this outsized retrospective.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Terry Allen
Downloads: 361
[audio]Ode to Gravity: A Residents10 Year Retrospective
One of the most dynamic groups in avant-garde rock music is San Francisco's own The Residents; an underground ensemble which has been composing anonymously and on tape since 1970. KPFA celebrates a decade of music by The Residents with this special three hour extravaganza hosted by Charles Amirkhanian and featuring Snakefinger (frequent guest artist with The Residents) and Jay Clem (promotion director for the group's label, Ralph Records)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; The Residents
Downloads: 2,143 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980 - Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Popular Music; Brian Eno
Downloads: 11,989 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(7 reviews)
[audio]Other Minds Presents: A Secret Rose by Rhys Chatham - Other Minds
Other Minds presents a live recording of Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose” performed at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. on November 17, 2013. This performance features a large ensemble of electric guitarists mostly from Northern California but also includes some from around the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina and the Netherlands. In 1977, composer Rhys Chatham, first artistic director of famed New York multi-disciplinary art space The Kitchen, was working ...
Keywords: Other Minds; Rhys Chatham; Music; Guitar music; large ensembles; A Secret Rose; Avant-garde; Popular music
Downloads: 449
[audio]Speaking of Music: Brian Eno on Art and Music
In the second of two consecutive appearances before a live audience, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and artist Brian Eno, about his latest multi-media installation, and other subjects of interest. Eno had just finished working at the Exploratorium on a video art project called “Latest Flames,” in which he had used video monitors as an ever changing light source to illuminate a selection of paintings, all placed...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Speaking of Music; Exploratorium; Interview; Music; Popular Music; Modern Art
Downloads: 399
[audio]Other Minds Presents: Preview event for Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose” - Other Minds
Recorded on June 7, 2013 at The LAB in San Francisco, Other Minds presents a preview event for its upcoming presentation of Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose,” a piece for 100 guitars. During this event Rhys Chatham introduces two of his earlier compositions for multiple electric guitars, electric bass, and drums. In his introduction for the first work, an excerpt of “Guitar Trio,” Chatham tells how in the 1970s he was interested in minimalism but after hearing the band The Ramones perform...
Keywords: Other Minds Presents: A Secret Rose; Rhys Chatham; G3; G100; Interview; Rock music; Popular music; Noise music
Downloads: 197
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